Justin Donhauser (1981-2023)


Justin Donhauser, assistant teaching professor at Bowling Green State University, has died.

Professor Donhauser worked mainly in philosophy of environment, with a focus on issues at the intersection of environmental ethics and applied philosophy of science. His writings, which covered topics ranging from climate science to robot ethics to scientific realism to endangered species (and more) were published in journals such as Philosophical StudiesSynthese, Studies in History and Philosophy of ScienceBiology and PhilosophyEnvironmental Values, and elsewhere. You can learn more about his research here and here.

Professor Donhauser joined Bowling Green State University (BGSU) in 2017. Prior to that, he held a postdoctoral fellowship at the Rotman Institute of Philosophy at Western University. He received his PhD and MA in philosophy at the University at Buffalo, and earned his bachelor’s degree at Buffalo State University. At Bowling Green he served not just as a professor, but also as director of the university’s Institute for Ethics & Public Affairs, which he co-founded.

A memorial notice at the BGSU Philosophy Department website calls Professor Donhauser “a devoted teacher and advisor” who “generously enriched the lives of his students, his colleagues, his friends, and his community.”

He died on October 12, from cancer, and is survived by his wife and two daughters.

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Ruth Groff
Ruth Groff
7 months ago

O I’m so sorry.

Yvette
Yvette
7 months ago

Sending love and light and sympathy 💕💕💕💕💕💕💕💕💕💕

Shane Epting
7 months ago

This is so tragic.I admired him very much.

Stephen
7 months ago

Those who wish to help support his surviving daughters may do so at https://www.gofundme.com/f/justin-c-donhauser-phd.

Brandon Warmke
Reply to  Stephen
7 months ago

I kindly ask that those generously willing to support Justin’s daughters wait until a proper 529 college fund can be set up for the girls. Thank you.

Donna Donhauser
Donna Donhauser
Reply to  Brandon Warmke
7 months ago

That was done years ago..Justin’s actual Mom

Donna Donhauser
Donna Donhauser
Reply to  Stephen
7 months ago

Thank you Stephen, it is an extremely hard time for us all , especially his daughters..I am Justin’s Mom and I appreciate this very much as it will be awhile for anything in this world to feel “normal” right now, the fundraiser has already helped the girls to obtain things they need and know that people that loved their Dad are donating..<3

William Kanwischer
William Kanwischer
7 months ago

I took a logic course with Professor Donhauser as an undergraduate at BGSU, and I remember him as funny, caring, and generous with his time. I know he was very popular with his students. What a loss for the philosophy community at BGSU.

Bill Kennedy IV
Bill Kennedy IV
7 months ago

I graduated a year before he joined the department so I never got to have a class with him. However, after shooting pool with him following a talk, I knew he was very down to earth and was a much needed addition to the campus. My fellow alumni agreed and kept in touch with him over the years. Even though we had varying interests, he seemed “the guy” when it came to environmental ethics. May his memory serve as an example for other activists and scholars.

Last edited 7 months ago by Bill Kennedy IV
Max Cherem
Max Cherem
6 months ago

Justin and I got to know one another at a conference many years ago, and kept in touch to email about ideas over the years. He was a very intelligent and kind person who was also down to earth, humble, and just a joy to be around. My deepest condolences to his family.

Andrew Light
5 months ago

I’m stunned to hear this terrible news. Justin was a thoughtful, wonderful person, and a terrific philosopher applying his skills to the world. I knew him for years, and the last conference I participated in before taking a leave of absence to go back into government service for another round, was an on-line conference he organized at Bowling Green. May his memory be a blessing.

Last edited 5 months ago by Andrew Light